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JAWS, Shark Week, & SharkFest: How Hollywood Demonized Sharks and Shaped Our Perceptions…


  1. Ashtarte Author

    I think I have a warped sense of reality then cause whenever I hear mention of sharks I think of Ian Edwards' "It's Shark Attack time!" comedy bit. The main bit is "There's not such thing as shark attacks. We live on the land, they live in the water. If you get caught down there you're trepassing. That's their living room." … "I'll tell you what a shark attack is. If you're a place you're supposed to be and a shark shows up. Your in the crib, taking a shower and you feel a tap on your shoulder and turn around. IT'S SHARK ATTACK TIME BABY. Don't worry how I got in your tub."

  2. Iname Author

    Back in 2005, I went snorkling down near Bahia Honda Key. During the three outings, I ended up swimming with blacktip reef sharks, nurse sharks, and (supposedly) there was a young tiger shark there one day. I didn't see the tiger, but the guides were all talking about it.
    It was easily one of the coolest things I've done, and on my list of things to do again one day.

  3. Cybernetik Soul Author

    This is a good video. Sharks are like snakes and alligators. In general, they aren't looking to attack you. They only really come at you if you're fucking with them.

  4. KyleCorbeau Author

    17:53 That's not a good idea. In fact that's a really REALLY bad idea. That's going to wreak havoc on the marine life's navigation systems as many fish and aquatic mammals rely on electrical signals to navigate the ocean. I hope it doesn't cause permanent damage but I deeply suspect it will. That cable would be the equivalent of putting long sticky threads all throughout the African jungles in order to combat malaria. Yes you will most likely achieve your goal, but the collateral damage done to the rest of the environment in the process is not worth it.

  5. Prince Philip Author

    I’ve always loved sharks, even after watching jaws. I got to swim with sharks a few years ago and it was amazing! I did have a spooky encounter during it but it was with a barracuda lol

  6. Chez Snailez Author

    We get pretty irked at the phrase 'shark-infested water'. Unless you're talking about the Community Center pool in out on the parkway, it's more likely than not their water…

  7. Midna Heed Author

    Great video! Important topic to bring up.

    Also, "have you ever encountered a shark in the ocean?", No… I have hardly encountered an ocean… 😭

  8. jacob pirri Author

    I uderstand the media does make them out to be murderous man eaters… and the thing is not all sharks are but you still can't say bull sharks, tiger sharks, and white sharks don't kill people they're literally known as the big three for shark attacks. I uderstand the argument but at the same time you should still keep your distance and admire the animals beauty from a boat. Its like arguing that a grizzly won't hurt you when we all know it fucking will

  9. Medical Meccanica Author

    Oh yeah, my grandparents live in New Symrna over the winter. Thankfully they don't boogieboard or anything, lmao.
    I think sharks are pretty cool. I don't swim at beaches though, but I'm more afraid of riptides.

  10. Tazz Sch Author

    Sharks like most animals are curious and they unlike us cant investigate with a hand or something harmless like that. They only have a mouth to investigate. Yes they bite but its because of curiosity. People get hurt but it's not because they are aggressive or want to eat you.
    Also people on surfboards look like seals from beneath them in water so they bite thinking you're a seal but tend to stop the minute they realise you're not a seal.
    Sharks are not dangerous there behavior is not aggressive. Stop killing them over false information and fear

  11. Ellysium's Bardic Knowledge Author

    "You wouldn't try to touch a bear if you came across one in the wild…" The amount of faith they have in humanity is cute. I'm not afraid of sharks, but I also live in Colordao so… I have a very healthy fear of bears, though. 😉

  12. JustPassingThrough Author

    Honestly, I've always been terrified of the open ocean because of sharks and other various predators of the sea. I always will be I suspect. But, nonetheless, I definitely appreciate the different and vital perspectives I gained from this video.

  13. Nat Author

    I live in the middle of the woods where we get bears, coyotes, cougars, and wolves going through yards on a regular basis. I've always thought of sharks like the predators I live around; they are hungry animals trying to eat and live another day. So be smart but not terrified.

  14. Renan Barge Author

    "considering our current perception of great white sharks its no surprise the diver was freaking out" wtf, anyone would freak out seeing something like that come that close to you, even someone that never heard of a shark before.

  15. MommyOfMutants Author

    Commenting this while still only half-way through (so forgive me is this is later talked about), but it’s at the part about shark attacks and I was wondering, if someone was out in the ocean and saw a shark nearby/approaching (and it’s giving off, like the one guy said, “shark warning signs”) what would be the best thing(s) to do to avoid being bitten/attacked (obviously if getting on a boat or something wasn’t an option)? Should you stay as still as possible? Should you splash around a lot (like yelling and lifting up your arms to scare off a bear, etc.)? Would trying to swim away look aggressive to a shark? Should you lay flat (or would that make you appear larger/more seal-like) or should you stay straight up and down (or would your dangling feet be enticing for the shark to grab onto)?

    TL;DR: How could someone nearby a shark lessen their chances of getting bit?

  16. rivetdomme Author

    My perception of sharks changed when I first saw one in an aquarium( school trip when I was 10 or 12.) They're these huge, beautiful majestic creatures. One of the big things that we as a species have done is over fish/poach their normal prey.

    But I will say that grilled make is pretty good.

  17. Amara Jordan Author

    I love this and it’s great content, but I have a nitpick. "Someone’s gonna get bit, and other incorrect uses of "bit," rub me in all sorts of wrong ways. You have great info and then something like that? I don’t know if it’s to try to be somewhat informal or something, but that can be achieved by vocal tone and questions that promote active listening. Please. It’s "bitten." Maybe I see it more because I’m an editor, but when basic grammar gets flouted, I take the source of the information less seriously. It feels less reliable when the narrator doesn’t seem to have a grasp of language. Even if other listeners don’t bump on the specific thing that feels wrong, it can impact how trustworthy they will view the source as being. If it wasn’t several instances, maybe I’d not have commented, but I really do like this channel. After all the work that goes into this, to have a stumble that’s really avoidable is a bummer.

    Also, "coined as the new Shark Attack Capital," is an unforced error in this as well. Please please give these another polish if at all possible.

  18. mohammed aljehany Author

    human in a diving suit looks like a seal i guess / the solution is to change the color of the diving suit to a color that sharks dislike i guess or equipe divers with a radio wave repelling sharks that divers can use in case of an emergency random shark attack

  19. LiteraryFirearms Author

    Really enjoying these deep dives. I was already warming up to Maria as a host anyway, but I think she's my favorite now… let her do more shark videos! 😛

  20. RDF1nner Author

    I think you should do a video on serial killers. Jason, Michael Myers, Freddy..they give serial killers a bad name. Most serial killers only kill 3-5 people not 100's as portrayed by those types of movies. /s

  21. MATTWER Author

    idk man im still scared of sharks. The teeth make me nervous, same with whales & dolphins. I don't wanna see any of them while swimming. I like little fishys unless they have big teeth..

  22. Andre Burbano Author

    If you guys at rogue rocket don't mind looking into mining companies like cerrejon in Colombia what they have done to the environment and indigenous people

  23. Emilly Orr Author

    I do have a shark story, but it's not a tragic one. As a preteen we lived in Santa Cruz, and the waves were gentle enough that body-surfing was incredibly easy to do. I could get a half mile out from shore without even thinking about it. On one of those farther jaunts, something nibbled my ankle. Without thinking, I kicked out, then looked down, and saw a baby tiger shark.

    Now, I had an irresponsible father who took me to see Jaws when I was five, so all that fear loomed up, and I set off for shore at high speed. Oddly, the shark followed–never bit again, but just stayed close. I kept swimming until I hit sand, and my family says I kept going until I hit DRY sand. All I know is, I turned, and realized the baby shark was still there, swimming through the shallows, then took off for the deeper waters. At the time, I was terrified, but reflecting on it now, with what I've learned over the years, I really think it thought I was in some kind of distress and wanted to make sure.

  24. ripper12322 Author

    I love sharks and have always found them fascinating. When I was a young teenager I use to swim with Reef sharks out on the north east coast of South Africa and also my father took me down to a Raggedtooth breeding cave about 20km from where I live to teach me how docile they were. I wonder why they showed no reports or any information from Port St Johns here on our east coast. There have been some deaths there and not saying this as a scare tactic, but why they haven't used this area for studies.
    As for your question on Shallows, I do agree it showed sharks in a bad light, very bad. I mean common at one point a hungry shark LEAVES a whale carcass to purposefully attack the chick. What BS!

    EDIT: But well done on this piece. Really enjoyed it.

  25. Liz Sordillo Author

    Sharks are my favorite animals and I LOVE anything that tries to educate people about them. They are so beautiful and important to our oceans ecosystems.

  26. 1969MustangFan Author

    So Jaws and Deep Blue Sea are fictional movies and I don’t think these represent reality. Shark are bigger and faster then me so…I will give them space, just like an Elephant, Buffalo or Elk.

  27. Bridget Bee Author

    It’s hard because I’m a sucker for fictional shark movies, but I also have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for real sharks. I know that the movie is completely dramatized, and it doesn’t change my perception of sharks in the real world, but I can’t count on other people reacting the same way. But when it comes down to it, if I had to choose either no more shark movies or potentially no more sharks, I would say goodbye to shark movies forever! 🦈

  28. Stanley Yelnats Author

    Of course hollywood sensationalized Sharks in movies like Jaws" just like snakes are sensationalized in movies like "Anaconda" and spiders in movies like "Arachnophobia". That doesnt mean that you shouldnt be warry of these creatures. Just because there aren't many Lion attacks reported and the fact that they generally don't want anything to do with you doesn't mean that if you are in their habitat you shouldn't be warry of them.

  29. _Paws_ Author

    Jaws was a very successful film that was meant to show the ferocity of nature yet made it to be the villain instead of the checks-and-balances of humanity. Movies even like Jurassic Park, or the book its based on is supposed to humble humanity and not become the victim. People in films are portrayed as a conqueror one moment, and becomes the prey the next. Movies like this have shown the ugly and corrupted behavior with of those in power can be, like the Mayor neglecting safety for boon instead or the same for John Hammond but he did change his mind afterwards.

    (My avatar picture is a parody of that movie poster, it is a cat instead of a shark.)

  30. Mark Yoon Author

    I used to surf and lifeguard, I've seen enough. I completely stick to pools, no more ocean or river/ lake for me.
    Knowing the truth doesn't stop the accident from happening and I'm sure those 5-8 dead people per year would have rather stayed out of the water.

  31. Matthew Harris Author

    I never leave comments on YouTube videos but I have to on this one because its so important. This is such an important topic. Sharks are such an important part of a healthy ecosystem and are beautiful misunderstood animals. we as humans kill millions of sharks a year and freak out about the 3-5 shark attacks annually that we hear on the news. The ocean is the sharks home, we are just a guest. the movies listed in the video have had such a negative impact on the shark population, but videos like this can help spread positive information about these beautiful animals. Thank you for doing this story.

  32. Clifford Hawley Author

    I've seen at least 4 species of sharks in the wild off the California coast including blue, salmon, and leopard sharks. They're amazing animals.

  33. Kym Nicole Rush Author

    Sharks are my favorite animal in the oceans. Seriously misunderstood & ignorantly demonized. I've never watched Jaws, and never will. That movie is mostly responsible for the misguided fear of sharks. I'm disappointed to hear that Sharkweek has misrepresented sharks. We need to understand sharks. They can be dangerous but they are not 'man eaters', I hate that phrase.🦈 We need more fact based information and education about these magnificent beautiful creatures.🦈💙
    I've never encounted a shark in real life. One of my bucket list things is to dive with Sharks.

  34. Sarah Cridelich Author

    Sharks aren't as dangerous as movies make them seem?! You mean sharks don't actually have a vendetta against a particular family and they won't actually track them down across the world?! Next thing you will be telling me that they don't actually rain from the sky!

    The movies aren't the reason sharks are feared. Their rows of sharp teeth, dead looking eyes, and the fear of what lurks below all play into our fear instincts.

  35. Brittany Honeycutt Author

    Now can we have a similar video about snakes. Because a lot of the misconceptions about sharks mirror snakes as well. Especially when it comes to killing them for the “safety/greater good”.

  36. TheWitness Author

    I was 10 years old and 35 meters underwater when I saw my first shark. It was a white tip reef shark, I never saw it coming till it was right beside me. We locked eyes and it swam away and I swam after it… good times..

  37. Ari W Author

    The main thing everyone forgets is we play, work, & destroy their domain. So when an accident occurs with Sharks we want to destroy them. Its their damn domain humans ruin everything including the planet shortly. If something comes in our home our reaction is to confront it or get it out. The hyperbole associated with sharks is disgusting, more people are killed by dogs. Should we start hunting and killing dogs indiscriminately?

  38. Victoria Magee Author

    As a kid I was definitely more concerned about sharks. I live in Britain where we don’t really see many sharks but I was convinced they were everywhere in oceans around America and Australia. Now I know that the risk of shark attacks is so incredibly low that I don’t think I would be worried about sharks no matter what ocean I was swimming in.

  39. Michael Gibb Author

    I absolutely love Jaws. It's an amazing movie. However, I know better than to believe a movie, especially since the film industry depicts so many things wrong, and not just sharks.

  40. Juju Author

    sharks are scary, but in a respectful way. just like i have a rational fear of a wild lion, a wild bear, a wild wolf, and other predators, i have a rational fear to wild sharks. but their beauty and necessity is undeniable. And it's great that populations are on the rise again after the significant drop.

  41. Øystein A. Author

    Did you know that sharks can smell a drop of blood from inside a black hole? Thats right, their sense of smell defies the laws of physics and is not bound by this reality because they come from another plane of existence. Facinating. #Disoveryfacts

  42. steelersguy74 Author

    I never had a negative perception. I love diving with them. I have seen them in the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, North Carolina, Florida, Western Australia, Mexico and Costa Rica.

  43. Adel Wolf Author

    Does that music REALLY make you feel like it's okay to reach out and touch a great white shark if you just happen to swim by one? REALLY?

    I thought better of you, or at least your script-writing team. That's just lazy.

  44. Chris Chuter Vlogs n stuff Author

    It's the fear of the unknown really, Jaws set that up because we are fearful of what we can't see beneth us when we're in the water. For me Jaws did the opposite effect it mades me fall in love with white sharks I studied every book every documentary I could find to see these wonderful beasts it's a small % of people that cause these problems and make the shark look bad

  45. Pixie Fairy Author

    What I gather from videos on animal misconceptions, most animals just really go out of their way to avoid humans and would rather have nothing to do with us. Some even share our feelings of disgust for each other.

  46. BrolanTravels Author

    21:37 "sometimes you need to kill sharks to eat, and that's ok"

    mmmm yes, I do love a hearty serving of lead and carcinogens with my fish n chips. Sharks are the top of the ocean's food chain, all toxins in the ocean are bioamplified into their flesh. Do not eat sharks, boycott companies that put shark meat in their products.

  47. BrolanTravels Author

    I am very passionate about this topic.

    Please watch Sharkwater and Sharkwater: Extinction. They are on Amazon Prime and are some of the best documentaries I have ever seen.

  48. XDigsX 13 Author

    I love how she said that watching the video of the diver swimming with the shark makes her think that it's OK to see a wild animal in the water,a carnivorous giant fish,and jump in the water to touch and swim with it….how dumb can you be?really?

  49. Michael Jarvis Author

    I was always afraid of sharks growing up in Johannesburg, whenever I would vacation to the seaside I would freak out going too deep, even used to freak myself out in large murky swimming pools, ridiculous right? However, as I grew up and started to hear the numbers and the unlikelihood of being a victim, I became intrigued. I scuba dive fairly regularly and have encountered a Raggy off the east coast of SA, said to be one of the more vicious types of sharks. It was so peaceful watching this majestic creature swim around us. Now, living in Cape Town, I am often in the water surfing or free diving. The perception is generally healthy surrounding sharks, but I try my best to make those who are still fearful understand that they don't want anything to do with us. Saying all this, thank you for the video. This will definitely be a reference to those that still fear sharks.

  50. sergeantassassin3 Author

    As a shark enthusiast and someone who both adores and fears/respects them, I can tell you that there are several reasons sharks will "attack" humans:

    1) Purely defensive measures. There are recorded instances of sharks and humans coming into contact where neither knew the other was there. Instinctive reaction shifted to defensive measures, the shark bit, and then instantly fled. Same goes for if a human tries to touch a shark or gets up in their personal space on purpose. That shark doesn't know you, it doesn't know what you're doing, and it can feel threatened as a result.

    2) Inquisitive nature. Just like humans, sharks are curious about their environment, aka, the bodies of water they swim in. When something unfamiliar enters their environment, they're not above coming over to investigate. This investigation can range from simply eyeing you up, to bumping you with its snout, to even taking what we call a "test bite". The shark wants to know all about this new thing in its environment: what it looks like, how many there are, what it's capable of, what it tastes like, and whether or not it's edible/a potential new food source. The VAST majority of semi-predation bites on humans are test bites

    3) Actual killing intent. There ARE recorded cases of sharks deliberately hunting humans. As stated, they are EXTREMELY rare, but it's because they're so rare that they stand out so much. The initial inspiration for Jaws was based on the 1916 shark attacks off of Jersey Shore, where four people were killed in the span of 11 days. How you know the difference between an investigatory bite and a predation bite is rather simple: if the shark keeps coming back, it's predatory.

    Take the Great White, for instance. It typically attacks in two stages if it's targeting you for food. The first is a wounding bite. It is not meant to kill, but meant to weaken. Depending on how deep you are and your location, the shark will likely come at you from below, where you'd be least likely to see them coming. This bite is meant to cause enough of an injury where you can't get away, you'll be hampered in any attempt to fight back, and you're going to start bleeding. A lot. This will further sap any strength you have left. After this? The shark'll back off, and let the damage it has already inflicted begin to do its work. After a few minutes, the shark'll come back. This next bite is the killing bite. It's meant to finish off the prey. The shark will not leave this time unless forced to, and will continue to attack until the prey finally dies.

    I cannot stress this enough, though: genuine predation attacks on humans by sharks are even more rare than shark attacks themselves, and shark attacks are already less likely to happen to you than getting struck by lightning.

  51. Fight Back Against Your Demons Author

    Great video!! I have great respect for sharks and want to see them protected. Over the years, my attitude has shifted away from an ignorant, oversimplified mentality that regards sharks as a menace in the ocean. But I still fear them, and I think my fears are healthy, rational and informed.

    I also want myself and other people to partake of our oceans for valuable activities like swimming and surfing. I think the best way to share the oceans is to widely adopt preemptive shark repellant measures so we can continue to enjoy the world's beautiful coastlines and beaches without the risk of fatal or traumatic shark encounters that damage or destroy human lives, and the public perception and reputation of these magnificent creatures along with it.

    As a result, I'm a huge fan of those electromagnetic shark repellant cables. I think they should be installed at every beach where humans have had encounters with sharks. You can't put a price on safety nor on staying active and healthy and fit while spending time in nature.

    Those cables are a triumphant achievement in human engineering and design and we should put them to their best use around the world. It shows respect to both human and marine life, and to me, that is a win-win scenario for everyone.

  52. waqar khan Author

    back in my country Pakistan 70's a fishing village had a shark attack on one of the fish man who was bring his catch on the boat the rest of the fish men saw the shark attacking him his boat but just only his boat he was in with his fish men when the shark attack him to this day his body is or was never found you might not believer me but that your choice

  53. Liz Bee Author

    The amount of people that think because they're in the water, that they will be attacked is astronomical. Almost all of my friends are positive they'll be bitten like in jaws. Honestly I really wish more people would research into the behavior of specific sharks, the time of year for migration, and their feeding habits. Yeah going out on a board at dawn or dusk in seal dense water probably isn't safe or ideal. The shark cull is absolutely disgusting. I'm glad there's a deep dive into this.

  54. Courtney mynameisme91 Author

    Hahaha “DEEP DIVE”, gotta love the unintentional pun. Great piece. Maria is awesome. As an Aussie, you learn to be aware but not necessarily afraid.

    The point that comes up whenever there is a shark incident is a discussion on “shark culling”, which I do not agree with. How would you like it if someone came into your home and “culled” your family? Oh what’s that? You wouldn’t like that and that would be a horrendous thing to do? EXACTLY! You wanna guarantee no one gets hurt by sharks? Keep people the heck outta their water. It’s arguments about shark culling that really make me annoyed at the ignorance of people. This video is fantastic. Thank you for making it!


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